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of a better america immersed from woodstock. he writes woodstock means little until you place it in the larger context of the society unravelling around the young adults. from their parents generation, they had absorbed rich idealism for social and economic justice. the piece by brett green and author in denver goes on to say, it was an interlude arriving in the context of more social and political upheaval than most americans have witnessed. it was a chaotic but peaceful interlude to a forthcoming breakdown between government and the governed when combined, it would end an unpopular war. i want to talk for the first half-hour, your thoughts, did a better america emerge from woodstock. the numbers ... twitter address is cspanwj. if you have called us in the last 30 days, send your comment via e-mail or twitter and give others a chance. >> what was it about the gathering, this carnival, this music festival that influenced your political evolution and did a better america emerge from woodstock? more from the denver post piece, a better america emerged from wood stot by brett green. he wrote it w
need health care in america. one of the people who really got the people have asked me, what was it like? i tell people that barack obama, the most thing that i will say is driving him is that he watched his white mother died because of inefficiency in health care in america. i think that is the number one driving force, that he does not want to see that happen to americans, white and black, across the board. and he is going to fight with everything he has got because he watched it. he does not have his mother anymore, he does not have his father anymore, and i think he wants people like me who get laid off, 10,000 of us, and know that we need health care in america. thank god for people like sharon brower, the senator who is working hard -- like sherrod brown, the senator who is working hard on behalf of the american people. i worked 45 years of my life and got laid off. people have no idea what it is like to be laid off in america if you have never been laid off. we need this, and i thank god for barack obama, sherrod brown, in the people who are fighting for our rights to
care in america. the previous caller hit the nail on the head when he said that wall street has taken over our health care, taking away from the people and giving it to the dollar profits. now we have a mess. and thank you, sis and. guest: as -- thank you, c-span. guest: it has not been in a huge issue for health reform so far, it has ballooned in the background. i think that it is something that could crop up, especially when the finance bill comes out. host: ted, calling on the democratic line from clinton, maryland. caller: good morning? can you hear me? host: yes, weekend. -- we can. caller: un this lady keep repeating the fact that the government -- you and this lady keep repeating the fact that the government ran out of money for cash for clunkers, but that does not mean that it was not successful. the larger issue is that the american people are being used and misused by the press and public authority. we have a health care bill in this country of $10.50 trillion per year. 30% goes to the insurance companies. that is $770 billion. that money could be used to help the president
that united america. after sputnik, we went to pick the moon. ronald reagan rally in the country to end communism. you can think of george bush's cry in 2001 that we would defeat -- lead a global war on terrorism and extremism. it is interesting, the last one, the war on terrorism seems to have lost some of that national feeling. when you do polling, you see people not as invested in the success of afghanistan and iraq and other places where we are fighting were secretly, such as the horn of africa. yet in our strategic interest, clearly fighting terrorism will remain the big issue. he what is the next big national issue? what can president obama defined as the national agenda? he tried very much to make health care that. in the last press conference he said it is intimately tied to your own personal future as an american. but we have not seen americans rally around that idea yet as a national cause. this is something president obama and his allies will try to do. he will try to cast the health care debate as important as going to the moon or defeating communism or terrorism you will se
an alternative energy project. the debate of sonia sotomayor will continue also, young america's foundation host its 31st annual student conference. congress does on healtbreak as healthcare heats up. in "the n.y. times close-" -- clinton secures two pardons from north korea -- that is in "the n.y. times." six months later it says here that obama returns with an approval rating of 56%. he is expected to tout his economic stimulus plan to kill us growth. he will announce manufacturing plants, but officials say there are successes to highlight locally, signaling that the times are getting better. it says that it is great that he can return to committees he cares so much about and see signs of success. i hope that he will go way encouraged, and he should. there are encouraging indicators that the economy is turning around, but the battle is far from over. long term there is reason to be optimistic, but still thousands of unemployed in this county begun until all are back to work, he does not think anyone can say it is all behind. on the phone now is a reporter for elkhart, indiana. what do you expe
that freedom and choice is what america has thrived on, and spread it around the world. going back to government control and everybody in taking all our money is not going to solve anything. host: caller, it is over to the sentiment by the cia director that it is time to move on to the business of protecting the country and not dwell on the past. caller: absolutely, absolutely. we are in a place where nobody has ever been before, and going back to the past is not going to help. host: thanks for calling. pablo on the line for democrats from brownsville, texas. caller: there are issues that have never even been discussed. host: like what? caller: there is a lot of secrecy and the cia and it goes back to a lot of people in my family who are now gone and not on this earth, but they worked for the defense department. there is something critical here. do we want the truth on everything? we want accountability. accountability to the people, our congress, and to our president. period. it is that simple. god bless you c-span for everything you do for public information and for freedom of sp
as they provide their and set. the supreme court, home to america's highest court. >> private donations? >> grants, and stuff like that. >> donations? >> i do not know. >> federally? >> america's cable companies created a c-span as a public service, a private business initiative. no government mandate. no government money. "washington journal" continues. host: joining us now for a discussion of if anything and everything. ron, and lilnda, she is a political correspondent for the christian science monitor -- that is lilnda. so, the obama family goes off for a week of fun. there will begin to run ads in that local market. would you make of this? guest: it shows two things -- the president never truly goes on vacation. he can put on a good show of being at the beach. he does not have to turn on his tv. he can to net this out. president obama is pretty good at controlling what he pays attention to. he manages his own the time. host: here is this headline that obama tackles the health care reformers. he has been trying to do that all week. how is he doing in this critical area? guest: it shows how far
about america. where are the slogans that republicans used to use? these colors don't run. people have forgotten about that. host: here is a message from twitter. cspanwj is how you can reach us on twitter. this piece concerns the york politics. 19 months after ending his disastrous run for the presidency, rudy guiliani is clearing a path for a possible race for governor in 2010. arnold joins us from tennessee. we're asking about then bernanke is possible second term as the fed schair. caller: good morning, to be honest i guess we are doing the best we can with what we have to work with. have you ever read a book called "the creature from jekyll island." the author is g.edward griffin. there is another book by w albert called "the coming battle" which was released in 1899 and has just been read the released. the united states is under the control of the federal reserve. that is the main reason for all of the problems we're having. we need to realize that we need to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. all these people who were calling in here and calling obama a fraud, in the bible
with a nuclear option. i think that america is against it. people in town hall meetings have the right to organize just like the left. host: this is an op-ed piece from "the new york times" this morning. "the legal america -- american needs to prepare for an early iraq exit. america's legal relationship with iraq is falling apart. nouri al maliki has announced a referendum next january on the agreement governs u.s. military operations. under the terms, military troops will have to leave the country in january, 2011, nearly one year earlier than planned." lisa, independent line. caller: i feel the same way as that person before who said that we should get out of afghanistan. we should learn from the russians. there is nothing that we can really do in that country. we are just wasting our lives. that is all a half to say. host: democratic line, minnesota. u.s. actions -- u.s. options in afghanistan? caller: we have got to leave. we are doing the same thing we did in iraq, playing these games that look like we are there to protect them. my bottom line is that we talked about spending mone
are fighting fascism or something like it, or taking back america, is simply dishonest. kicking back america from whom? -- taking back america from him? the actual give-and-take has been at a premium and misinformation has been rampant. that is just a taste this morning from the baltimore paper. have you attended a town hall meeting? we want to hear from you. first up, on our republican line, marcia. caller: i actually wanted to attend one. i lifted up on the internet and called my representative, tim bishop of long island, and any information i have obtained is that he had won in the end of june. but he is not going to be holding any more. host: and what do you think about that? caller: he is our representative and i think he needs to hear what people say. when i hear that, that this is all a result of organization, i can speak for myself and probably others, that i have never called a representative or attended a town hall meeting. i am not a member of any organization, but i am so upset about this healthcare plan that it galvanized me to want to have my voice heard. host: if he were to he
-span on q&a. >> this fall, and to the home to america's highest court from the grand public places to those only accessible to the nine justices, the supreme court come in the first sunday in october on c-span. >> sporkin -- "washington journal" continues. host: for the rest of the are we have a question for you, will the health care passed this year? let's take a look at what president obama had to say about this yesterday. >> i guarantee you, joe, we're going to get health care reform up. i know there are a lot of people out there who have been hammering and folks in the press are following every little twist and turn of the legislative process. passing a big bill like this is always messi. -- messy. fdr was called a socialist when he passed social security. j.f.k. and lyndon johnson, they were both accused of a government health care when they passed medicare. this is the process we go through, because understandably, the american people have a long tradition of being suspicious of government until the government actually does something that helps them and they do not want anyone messin
wheel gets the oil, the loud wheel gets the oil. most of america wants a public auction because it gives us -- just like the president said, it keeps the insurance companies honest. it is another way this co-op -- this co-op is another way a private person can align their money -- in their pocket with money. it is not going to be any different. they do not want the public option because they are going to lose money and that is what they are all about. host: let's go to houston now. caller: i have been listening to people rattle on, so please give me a chance to say what i have to say. all of you people who think you are going to come back home, you had better get your apartment on k street or something because america is tired. i have not been to the doctor in years. the only time i get sick is if i eat bad food. this is the clinton plan from 15 years ago that is universal health care. can you show me a real apple? i can show you one. what is an artificial apple? what is an artificial orange? if we get the fda to put real food back on the market, stop bringing in tea and food from other
to damn america, it is not surprising to hear people coming not saying things about nazis. they are afraid that the american people say "no" -- we will not take this. there is a ground swell of average joe's the good to work every day. they are finally getting a backbone and saying, this is absolutely not acceptable. what do the democrats do? they get their left-wing union members to escort regular citizens out, threaten them. yesterday there was an incident where the congressman said if the show anymore i will have you locked up. they hate america, don't you understand this? mrs. nancy pelosi said it is un-american to speak of. she said the illegal aliens and the church are true americans. let the democrats keep on. there will be a revolution in this country. if they think that yelling at a town meeting is the worst that will happen, they have not seen anything yet. host: ok, in "the washington post" another meeting hosted by senator benjamin cardin -- going to the mat on the healthcare bill. the maryland democrat booked a 500-seat concert hall at the university weeks ago before the meeti
qaeda. the afghani people are nomadic. i have come here to america to raise my children. when i see these young americans being killed, it just bothers me. host: when did you come to the u.s.? caller: 24 years ago. host: thank you for the call. here is a picture of a marine from "the new york times." the headline is "drug chieftains tied to taliban. generals assert legality, a list of 50 to be caught or killed. 50 afghans believed to be drug traffickers with ties to the taliban have been placed on a pentagon target list to be captured or killed, reflecting a major shift in american counter narcotics strategy in afghanistan, according to a congressional study to be released this week. united states military commanders have told congress that they are convinced that the policy is legal under the military rules of engagement and international law. they also said that the move is an essential part of the new plan to disrupt the flow of drug money that is helping finance the taliban insurgency." what is next? that is our question this morning. next caller, good morning. caller: good morn
in america. but about one year from now when we're no longer debating something else domestically, people will ask what we're doing? how long will it take? how much will it cost? we're spending $80 million per year -- billion per year there. it does not sound like much compared to medicaid, but we must get fiscally responsible. host: as the afghans could to thepolls today we invite your questions or comments. you can send us a message by e- mail, or a note by twitter. we will put those on our screen. you say not many are paying attention. "the financial times quoted has results of a new survey. 51% say that the war in afghanistan say the war in afghanistan was not worth fighting. previous polls conducted over the last two and a half years has shown at least 50% support for the war. what are you hearing? guest: i am hearing that i hope president obama will become much more firm about this. this is where you need presidential leadership. we were attacked from afghanistan. for us to begin to say come gee, this is not worth it is too short term memory. clearly we do not want could do to end u
from those of the rest of america on senator kennedy. this is a statement from the president of the u.s., president obama, saying that the nation has lost the greatest united states senator of our time with the death of ted kennedy. for five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil-rights, health and economic well-being of the american people bore his name and resulted from his efforts. he was 77 when he died. put into perspective the whole of senator kennedy's political career, the good and bad of it? guest: he has had a long, legendary career. public service that lasted a lifetime in some cases. suddenly he was elected the year i was born. he has been in office more than many americans have been alive. he came from the storied family. his two brothers were prominent public service. their lives were cut short early. he became the standard bearer it seems at a time when he was not quite ready for it. he had to grow into the job of being the united states senator and it took many, many years. ultimately, he became one of the most respected figures in pub
of the people themselves -- i don't know who recognizing this, voting against their best interest. america never had the experience -- host: jamie? we lost jimmy. we do have "usa today" this morning. their lead story, climate plan calls for forced expansion. the epa says 18 million acres of trees to be planted. new forests will spread across the landscape, replacing both pastor and farm fields, under a congressional plan to confront climate change, and environmental protection agency analysis shows. petreaus watson goes on to write that about 80 million acres of new trees, roughly the size of west virginia -- would be planted by 2020 according to an epa analysis of the crime bill passed by the house of representatives in june. back to the telephones. gulfport, fla., on the line for republicans. caller: how are you doing this one? just host: 5. what do you think about the bipartisan bill? caller: you know what i think it is necessary? nothing in more. america needs to wake up and realize one thing about politicians, the only thing they will do is the wrong thing. the best thing they can do is sel
. if these people want to act like satan's people, they need to go somewhere else. this is america. host: this is video from last night at the town hall meeting at cardin. this is from the chicago paper this morning. the senate majority whip dick durbin says that obama is ready to deal on health care. he would like to get something passed for healthcare reform and then start to negotiate and a house senate conference committee. dick durbin told five small- business owners this of health care meeting in chicago on monday. michigan, on the independent line, you are on the air. what do you think? caller: you know the thing that is confusing right now is republicans acting up and shameful. we do not know what the president's plan is. we do not even know what the canadian plan is. i am not interested in the canadian plan. i served in the military. we are an american. we do not need to copycat plans. this is america. these crybabies out there, a bunch of half-wit's do not know what they're talking about. i'm waiting on the president's town hall meeting today so that i can understand better wha
to central america. it remains a huge problem. business would like to have these low paid workers. i don't think there's been a solution proposed. host: back to the phones. eerie, pa for the democrats. caller: nice to have+n you bac as method rater. host: thank you. caller: going back to the mid 1970s. even the 1980s with the reagan era. we have seen jobs move and now they are evaporating. we have to come up with the new ideas for the 21st century in order to reclaim jobs we once had. those jobs created by our parents and grand pirnts are gone. her almost completely gone. host: what industry do you work in there? caller: i am injured and unemployed right now. my employer let me work for five years before i had to take a separati separation. i used to work in social service. i watched all of this take place. people fiddle class saw themselves unemployed. the only way they could alleviate some problems was to turn. it has to be the government and business to solve this. host: greg we'll leave it there. thanks for your call. >> the administration is trying to do something with this. tryi
in america complained about their government. their government is them. the compromise in washington is that there are too many interests represented that go against each other. you have republicans, the left, the right, all of these different interests. they have made it their governments and they cannot get anything done. obama has pushed as hard as he can with reform and consumer protection. but he has got to back up off of this issue. we know for a fact that insurance will not be affordable. the efforts of the american people to be able to achieve it, you will not be able to ensure people. people will be losing their coverage during hard economic times. the main thing that it is, i believe that the public option is the peace that keeps insurance companies price gouging the american people. it is the balance on the scales. if you take away the option, believe me, the insurance companies can do what they want. i think that obama should let them get their just due. if they do not want the public option to be able to balance what big business is doing it in not offering a real servic
about this, the native forces of islam in america, and why we are being ignored in this country. host: let's hear from duane in detroit on the independent line. here is the "financial times" headline. there is a photo here of john brennan, and he is the president's top adviser on counterterrorism and homeland security. "a shift away from bush-era rhetoric." what do you make of it? caller: i understand the "war on terrorism" as a term is ambiguous. there are religious terrorists motivated by religion, politics, people hwho have different motivations, so that is an ambiguous term. but it is a fight or a struggle against intolerant religious extremists, and i do believe that we should use a concise term, but i do not think we can avoid calling a situation what it is. we are fighting against intolerance and people who have extreme views, and to those people that is wrong. anybody who does not have that mind-set should not be offended if we name or identify people who do have that mind-set. host: a little bit more from the "financial times," "label ridiculing the alternative phrase 'overse
-authors for "battle for america 2008," and to talk w÷ú about the moments that shaped the 2008 campaign. and from "the washington post", a story of expanded sick leave, would cover swine flu caretakers. >> the piece goes on to point out for federal employees they would be eligible to use accrued sick leave if they detect that their presence in the workplace would jeapordize a worker. that's in the washington post, and also is a story that continues to develop with the meeting next month in new york, and top officials are saying no to libya leader, gaddafi. there are democrats protesting the expected plans by gaddafi and that he should be barred from new jersey. and a lot of stories this morning about governor mark sanford, he refuses to heed to we sign. in south carolina this story, a defiant south carolina governor, says he will not resign. >> but that he's left the state paralyzed about the ne -- legality, we have first caller, j.b. from north carolina. caller: yes, good morning, i had a problem getting through, i wish i had gotten through earlier, there were questions i wanted answered. host: put
system the way it is. it is terrible. we need guaranteed healthcare for everyone in america, making sure that insurance companies do not get between us and our doctors. host: bloomberg is reporting this morning that this week's presidential address, the radio address and the internet, deals with the economic recovery. the story says that the president says that, quote, it will take many more months for the u.s. to fully recover from the recession as employers continue to shed jobs. the president said that yesterday's government report on the g.d.p. shows recession was deeper than anyone thought. he took office in january. the stimulus legislation passed in february and measures of foreclosures have helped stemmed the tide. that is a story you can find. on the independent line, a question about if anything else is needed when it comes to economic recovery. isa, are you are there? caller: i think a lot of problems has to do with the government waste and not enough government accountability. a lot of taxpayer dollars are wasted for unnecessary things and in milwaukee right now, you have apr
to america -- and i'm a middle-aged american woman. host: let me repeat the first sentence. what the writer says is that he sure helps the president obama and his family enjoyed their vacation on martha's vineyard because what he faces on his return to washington in sheer hell. caller: well, i would imagine so because the people who are doing most of the complaining tend to be older, white. they are people who want to live in the prosperity of the 1980's. it was like this when i get out of the war type of situation -- i think it is scary because we americans are dumbed down by reality shows. despite the ease of education people do not tend to be educated about what is going on. the scary thing to me is that no one is talking about the war. no one is angry about the war. i think the war is what has made things so scary for mr. obama because he is fishtailing off of the war. host: those of the two stores from the papers a about relationships with pakistan, and iran, and afghanistan. here concerning the health debate, where most of this money goes is unclear. also, a look at louisiana. the aut
to a 10-year tax cut for the top wealthiest 1% of america's highest earners. finally i do want to commend her also and give her my heartfealt -- heart fealt thoughts to the family of president kennedy. to some of our white southern brothers, certainly he was involved in the loss of mary joe kapeknes, but do you know how many mary jo kapeknes are on this earth because of the legislation he spearheaded? finally to the out casted in this society, you have lost one of your staunchest fighters and you better step up to the plate to save your own life. host: a time to remember. the pieces of legislation are -- "a time to remember, the ted kennedy has been a part of." that will be our topic this morning. types of subjects and issues that he taffled. we'll get an issue to tackle that. you'll get an usual to tackle that with reporters as well. roundup, montana, on our republican line. blane, go ahead. caller: i don't believe he can keep his promise because that health care and everything else has to be paid for. my understanding is my grandfather, and my father, and myself, with our families, we
the millionaires -- there are people in america right now who cannot even eat breakfast. who is not beating? including their kids. if we really want to do something for this country -- there are people who are not eating. i would not be concerned with the banks or car companies. we should give $5,000 to each united states citizen in this country. host: we're joined in a few minutes by tammy darvish. we'll also talk about the nomination of sonia sotomayor. the vote could happen as early as thursday. we will return to the paper, this editorial page pointing out that democrats have already taxed the middle class by raising cigarette taxes. they are also giving average earners their cap and tax energy bill. mr. obama had hoped that it would raise some system of $46 billion over a decade. but they have given away most of the money in bribes to businesses to pay their bill. -- to pass their bill. this came up with robert gibbs yesterday. he was asked about comments made on sunday. this is what he responded. >> why didn't secretary geithner's summers said it would not raise taxes on those families
ever thought about the fees that america puts on their bankers were depositories? -- or depositors? when is there going to be a bill of rights for depositors? they pay nothing but fees and a gotten ridiculous and even worse after taking taxpayer money to be alive. i'm a graduate student here. the industry got $30 billion of profits since january. when will that stock? guest: the increase in fees the banks say as a result of the fact that they were in hard economic times. they had to increase revenue flow. the action has caught the interest of lawmakers. there has been quite a bit of happiness on capitol hill about some of these. congress has dealt with that through credit card legislation this year. the federal reserve which has been criticized for not doing enough when this crisis was beginning to form has put forward regulations as well in the area of credit cards, but it does seem like that is an issue that the lawmakers probably have not addressed sufficiently for people who are getting hit by some of these high fees. host: ronald is on -- rather donald is on the republican lin
and the contract with america congress about eventually privatizing medicare altogether. most of the debate over the last couple of decades as an ideological. it troubled me a little bit because we have 30 years of experience with private health insurance plans in the medicare program. their performance in terms of quality of care people get does not look dramatically different from the traditional fee-for- service system. when we pay the plants to match, they operate with generous benefits and not the people sign up. when we tried to equalize the amount we pay private insurers which medicaid costs in its traditional form, many of the private insurers leave. we have to make a decision longer-term about whether we are going to make the determination on private plans on the archaeological ground or we will establish a living -- level playing field and see if we can outperform government. so far that has not been the case. guest: i tend to like private plans. you want to get to the point where you are comparing apples to apples. there are a bit over pay for most of the country in 2003. guest: who i
. they will benefit by bringing more people in and having more competition. there is almost no family in america that is injured that has some horror stories about the intracompany denying care. 40 percent of us who have insurance have a previous pre- existing condition, and we are at the whim of the insurance company to decide whether or not they will cover costs. that can be devastating because this is a lifelong illness. host: illinois. jim on the republican line. caller: two quick comments, and the question. i was somewhat disappointed to be your mischaracterization of two issues. the first being republican opposition to the whole health care issue that is being debated. second, your comments regarding medicare. i have been paying into medicare my whole life, just as i have been doing with social security, my entire working life. i would be a fool, upon being eligible to collect money from these programs, to turn my back on those programs, one must the government was willing to make medicare and social security deductions from my table optional, or refund to me all the money is taken from me
that will be the battery-assembly plant. the car and battery pack are made in america. we are doing the finishing touches to make certain we have our production tools ready. and that we have tested the battery pack and that will last 10 years, 150,000 miles in the car. it will probably also have a life after the car. host: when will it be insurance? guest: november 2010. stay tuned for a lot of activity during 2010 with the focus on cars, culture -- we will expose this car to customers across the nation to get their feedback. to make sure that the volt will be a delight. host: how much of the car will be made in the united states? guest: we do not have the exact figures, but the assembly plant is in detroit. the battery plant is in michigan. all of the engineers really are headquartered in the detroit area, as well as some support from global resources. it is also a jobs plan. when you look to the future will police the in additional 300 billion bugles on the planet. we need such a solution. host: do you know what the pricing will be yet? guest: we typically priced cars a couple of months before we launc
like this is a game. america is in trouble. i appreciate the white man that said he did not want obama hurtt or anything, because that is the right thing to do. -- who said he did not want obama hurt. host: we will leave it there. thanks for your call. thanks to everyone who called in in our last segment. we will talk with ron geffner in a few minutes. he is a former sec chairman and he will talk about the ubs and swiss bank account situation. first we want to tell you more about newsmakers. scott armstrong, the leader of a group health cooperative, that should be included in the new health plan. that will be discussed. here he is describing the misconceptions about cooperatives. >> a lot of people have had this perception of cooperatives being this folksy organization that is built around old notions of what age and i'll's used to be that created restrictions to access. -- the old notions of what hmo's used to be. you will see that it is really quite different from those old perceptions. you may know that group health was named bud -- was named by consumer reports as the number 1 hmo
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